FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONNECTICUT CONVENTION CENTER PARTNERS WITH
HARTFORD POLICE IN COMMUNITY POLICING EFFORT
Facility Joins City-wide Emergency Communications Network
Hartford, CT (May 29, 2014) – The Connecticut Convention Center has completed the installment of a multimedia communications system with the assistance of Mutualink, Inc. – a Wallingford based company. The system provides an interoperable communications platform that enables multimedia sharing of radio, voice, text, video, data files and telephone communications in a secure environment – all in real-time. The emergency communications network will allow the
Convention Center to share critical information with law enforcement and emergency personnel, further enhancing the community policing effort.
The invitation-only system gives the Connecticut Convention Center the ability to link other users in the system to see and talk in real time to help make critical decisions. Each participant has control over their radio and other communication resources, allowing them to accept or reject invitations and exit incidents at their discretion. This level of control makes participants such as police departments receptive to other entities being on the Network because all parties choose with whom, when and through which resources they communicate.
"We are excited to have the Mutualink system fully installed at the Center," states Michael Costelli,
General Manager for the Connecticut Convention Center. "With almost 200 events and nearly
400,000 visitors to our building each year, safety is of paramount importance."
The network installment at the Connecticut Convention Center contributes to an on-going project downtown. In 2009, the City launched a community-wide emergency communication preparedness network as part of a nationwide effort with the help of Mutualink. The first critical assets to join the network included The Hartford Police Department, CT State Capitol Police, Saint Francis Hospital, and Sonitrol of Hartford - a regional security and communications provider. Other Connecticut communities using the Mutualink system include Berlin and Stamford.
"The safety of our guests and associates is a full time commitment," explains Bob O'Connell,
Director of Security for the Connecticut Convention Center. "Our goal is to create the highest standard of security in the industry and this system brings us one step closer to that goal by delivering unparalleled communications with the Hartford Police Department."
"The Mutualink System strengthens our connection with the business community and our security partners," says Hartford Police Chief James Rovella. It allows us to interact during active crimes or emergencies and enhances the police response by directly linking video, radio, and telephone with our Mutualink partners on one network. Having the Connecticut Convention Center as part of our Mutualink team is a great asset and shows our continued commitment to Community Policing and keeping our city safe."
"The Connecticut Convention Center, like all of our customers, understands the importance of being able to collaborate with community partners in an emergency, while also maintaining sovereign control of their audio and video assets." notes Mark Hatten, Mutualink CEO. "Mutualink is excited to grow the network in the Hartford area and welcomes the Connecticut Convention
Center to the Interoperable Response and Preparedness Platform (IRAPP) community."
About the Connecticut Convention Center
The Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford is the state's premier meeting venue and the largest full-service convention facility between New York and Boston. Overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River, it features 140,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 40,000-square-foot ballroom and 25,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as ample sheltered parking. The facility is served by more than 6,500 local area hotel rooms, including the 22-story Marriott Hartford Downtown, adjacent to the Convention Center. The venue is professionally managed for the State of Connecticut by Waterford Venue Services, an affiliate of Waterford Hotel Group. For more information, please visit www.ctconventions.com.
Mutualink, Inc. has developed an interoperable communications platform that enables community-wide multimedia sharing of radio, voice, text, video, data files and telephone communications in a secure environment. Mutualink's system is currently deployed by hundreds of public and private entities worldwide, including homeland security and defense installations, NATO Special Operations Forces, police and fire departments, transit authorities, hospitals, shopping malls, casinos, and more. Mutualink is a privately-held company headquartered in Wallingford, Conn., with R&D facilities in Westford, Mass. and Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and Defense Services office nearby Washington, DC. For more information please visit www.mutualink.net.
For more information, contact:
Connecticut Convention Center
Ph. (860) 748‐7315
Deputy Chief Brian J. Foley
Hartford Police Department
In an effort to improve quality of life in our neighborhoods, the Hartford Police Department is looking to eliminate nuisance ATV’s and dirt bikes. This issue is easily one of the most complained about quality of life issues each spring and summer. We have made efforts to toughen the laws through a City of Hartford Ordinance (C.O. 22-120) regarding this issue. Annually, as in most cities, as the complaints come in, there is an effort made by the police in the spring and summer to get the ATV’s off the streets.
However, based on our pursuit policy, we cannot legally pursue these types of vehicles. The illegal operators are all too familiar with this and rarely pull over when approached by police. In Hartford, we rely heavily on our community to assist us in solving all types of crimes. We very much respect and value our community’s assistance. We are now turning to the community and neighborhoods to help us combat this nuisance ATV and motor bike issue.
We will always take information and tips from our citizens in any form, to include in-person citizen to officer, via telephone 860-722-TIPS, emails, etc. However, we have taken the extra step to harness social media by creating a Twitter page specifically for the purpose of locating illegal ATV’s and dirt bikes Twitter: @HartfordATV The page will be monitored and information garnered will be forwarded to the area Community Service Officers, Patrol Officers and Traffic Division Officers. It can be an open twitter post or photo, or a direct message to @HartfordATV .
We are well aware of the fact that the riders are in our parks and on our streets. But what we need to know specifically is where they are being parked, stored and garaged. We need addresses, photos and information from our community about where these vehicles are kept. We would much rather prevent the ATV from causing the nuisance beforehand, or after the fact, wait for an ATV to arrive home.
If you are tired of hearing that ATV or Dirt Bike driving up and down your streets, Please, join with us to quell this problem. Let us know where they are kept.
The Hartford Police Activities League Support Non-Violence in Partnership with Project Longevity and Step Up, Step Out; End the Culture of Violence (SUSO)
In support of our collective mission to work alongside our community to eliminate violence, we have partnered to promote a youth essay writing contest. The contest asks: How I can eliminate violence in my community?
All Hartford student's grades 4-12 are eligible to participate. The essay deadline is May 19th. We received essays from Hartford students across the city, and are excited to read the essays and select the winners. Please join us on Friday, June 6th, 2014 at 5:00 pm at Asylum Hill Congregational Church to celebrate the winners and participants! We hope to see you there!
Who: The Hartford Police Activities League, Project Longevity, and SUSO
What: Youth Anti-Violence Essay Contest Awards Reception
When: Friday June 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm.
Where: Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue Hartford CT
Why: To promote public safety, community partnership, and support our youth
For more information please contact: Hartford Project Longevity Coordinator Tiana Victoria Hercules, Esq. at 860 760 7952
Hartford Police Department
Public Safety Complex
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